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Finally, if you have any trees that are near your property, make sure they’re good and strong. A winter storm could knock down any dead branches, causing major roof damage. There should still be leaves on your trees – but are any suspiciously bare? That, or some brittle bark or good indicators that a tree is in trouble. An arborist can remove any dead branches, or recommend if you should pull out the entire tree.
Don’t forget the chimney
The chimney is typically the strongest part of your roof, so it won’t need as much attention as the rest of the roof. Depending on how often you actually use the fireplace, odds are you don’t need a full chimney inspection every year, but you should have the exterior checked every few years to be safe.
On the outside, what are they looking for? The inspector will check for damage in the masonry. Brick is long-lasting – but if the mortar between bricks has broken down, it causes water and moisture to seep into the brick. That causes the brick to have a much shorter lifespan than it should.
To fix that, you’ll have to scrape out all that old mortar, and replace it with new stuff. This is a process called tuckpointing. It’s not too hard, but I recommend hiring a pro here – they’ll be properly trained in working with heights, and will follow the right safety precautions.